Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ranakpur, temple town of Rajasthan

From Jodhpur we proceeded towards Ranakpur which is located in the remote valley of Aravali range. It is situated in the Pali district to the North of Udaipur. It has one of the largest and most important Jain Temples in the country. The place is well connected through a road network to other places in the region. Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. 

Jain Temple

Ranakpur is one of the five holiest places of the Jain community. It is famous because of some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, of exceptional beauty. The dating of this temple is controversial but it is largely considered to be anywhere between the late 14th to mid-15th centuries.


This temple is dedicated to Adinatha. The temple occupies an area of approximately 60 x 62 meters. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. 

Sun Temple

Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies opposite the former.

From Ranakpur we traveled to Mount Abu, Hill of Wisdom

Distance: Ranakpur ---> Mount Abu 181 kms

P.S: December is the month when lot of tourists land in Rajasthan. So if you really want all the arrangements to be done properly this has to be done before October end.

15 comments:

sandeep said...

very nice documentation, rajesh. keep writing

Greens said...

nice....

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Vamsee said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a nice space here. Will come back.

final_transit said...

The architecture is beautiful indeed!

Kelly said...

...absolutely beautiful. The stone carvings are exquisite...such precision, talent, and craftsmanship.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all such lovely words.

Sandeep: Thank You

Greens: Thank You

Vamsee: Thank you.

Priyank: Thank you. Yes it is a beautiful architecture.

Kelly: Thank you. It is a brillant work.

Lindz said...

the architectures are very cleverly done, love it

fickleinpink said...

thank you for sharing!]
India is beautiful, indeed!
Come and see my piece of sky if you have the time!
Life is truly beautiful!
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J Bar said...

So many amazing temples.
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luna miranda said...

amazing architecture! the details are dizzying!

Sylvia K said...

So many beautiful temples, such incredible architecture! Such wonderful history! Thank you so much, Rajesh, for sharing the beauty of your country with us! Your photos are gorgeous!

Sylvia

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos of the temple. I love the carving in teh stone, very nice. Great photos.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for the kind words of appreciation.

JM said...

The Ranakpur Jain Temple is the most gorgeous temple I have visited in India! Unbelievable carvings!

Rajesh said...

JM: Thanks. Very true it is one of the gorgeous temple in India.